Great Features of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

Jun 22, 2021
Jun 22
Janet Hsu

Hi Everyone! I’m Janet Hsu, the English text writer of The Great Ace Attorney series, and one of the scripters of the Nintendo 3DS version of The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve… No, wait, that’s not right…

*ahem* Let’s try that again.

I’m Janet Hsu, and this time around, I’m the Localization Director of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. (Yes, there we go!) Welcome to the first in a series of behind-the-scenes articles about both games in The Great Ace Attorney duology – The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. As this is a new game outside of Japan, I suppose it’s a bit strange to introduce ‘new features’, but even for long-time fans of the series, there are a few firsts in here to help make your experience even more enjoyable. And I should know – I’ve worked on every iteration of this game and in both languages, after all!

So, let’s strap on our goggles and take a look at what awaits in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles!

Title Screen

First up, the title screen! This is what it will look like if you have a save file.

Fun Fact: The background changes as you progress through the game!

While it might look like your typical title screen, there are actually a few little features to make your life easier. Among these are the ‘Continue’, ‘Select Adventure’, and ‘Load Game’ selections. While ‘Continue’ and ‘Load Game’ seem to be the same thing at first glance, there is one key difference. ‘Continue’ automatically loads your latest save file, allowing you to effortlessly slip right back into the game from where you’d left off. Meanwhile, ‘Load Game’ allows you to manually choose which save data you’d like to start from. As for ‘Select Adventure’, this allows you to pick the game and episode – down to the chapter – from which to play. You can even do this the very first time you turn on the game! With these three options, it’s easier than ever to start playing from where you intend.

“Select Adventure” and “Load Game” screens

Now, eagle-eyed fans may have already spotted something else that’s new to this series in that Load Game screenshot above – an autosave slot! Yes, this game features an autosave function, so even if you forget to save (and you can save anywhere in the game, including the Escapades mini-episodes), there shouldn’t be too much gnashing of teeth involved…

‘Wait, what are the Escapades, ’ you ask? Well, they happen to be a part of the next stop on our tour!

From the Title screen, a plethora of Special Contents are available for you to peruse.

There’s the Gallery and the Auditorium, where you can view and listen to the gorgeous art and music of The Great Ace Attorney, but that’s not all. You can also sneak a peek at the various accolades we’re challenging you to collect, apply special costumes to Ryunosuke, Susato, and Sholmes, and play the 8 slice-of-life ‘Escapades’ stories.

*Costumes only available for use in TGAA2: Resolve

But fair warning: if you’re the type to avoid spoilers, then maybe you should hold off on the Gallery and the Auditorium until after you’ve finished the two main games. The Escapades also contain small spoilers for the first game, The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures, so proceed with caution.

Maybe save these fun side stories for after the first game…

Options

Next, let’s look at some options.

*Options will differ slightly depending on the platform.
The screens shown are from the Steam (PC) version.

As you can see, we’ve added a number of options to this version including individual on/off settings for things like background music, sound effects, and voices. We’ve also got options for controller vibrations, screen flashes, and even an option to set how long the game waits between each line of dialogue in Autoplay and Story Mode.

By the way, you’re not limited to using just your controller – you can play using the touch screen on the Nintendo Switch version and your mouse in Steam by interacting with the key guide that appears in the bottom right of the screen in-game.

When it comes to the voice language for cutscenes and interjections, you can change them at any time through the Title screen’s Options menu. Mix and match to experience the game in a way that’s authentic to you. Play with Japanese voices during the episodes set in Japan and English when the story moves to London, or stick with the amazing English dub all the way through – it’s completely up to you.

Now for some PC specific settings for Steam players.
In addition to key configuration options, I’m pleased to announce that ‘The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles’ supports 4K monitors. I hope you’ll enjoy the game in all its glorious beauty…if you can handle it!

In addition, we’ve created a bunch of goodies exclusive to Steam including trading cards and badges, as well as emoticons, profile and mini-profile backgrounds, and animated avatars, avatar frames, and animated stickers that will be available for purchase in the Steam Points Shop.

Autoplay and Story Mode

Many fans of the visual novel genre will already be familiar with the Autoplay feature, wherein the game will advance the text for you until you come to the end of a conversation or have to make a choice, but we’ve also created a clever little ‘’Story Mode” for people who just want to sit back and enjoy the story. Story Mode will do everything in the game for you, but beware! If you’re out to collect all the accolades, you’ll have to be a little clever yourself and consider carefully when and how to use Story Mode; there are certain accolades you won’t be able to obtain during that one playthrough if you do use it. For example, turn on Story Mode even once, and you won’t be able to obtain the accolade for clearing that episode.

That said, the game is set to Autoplay by default, so you can’t accidentally turn Story Mode on. Rather, you’ll need to go to the Options screen and then ‘Reader’ to manually turn Autoplay Mode into Story Mode. What a relief, right?

And that’s it in a nutshell! I hope you’ve enjoyed your first look under the hood, but there’s plenty more to discover. Join me next time on a deep dive about the localization of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles.

Until then!

Capcom @ E3 2021 Recap

Jun 14, 2021
Jun 14
Kellen Haney

Miss something from our E3 showcase? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Read on for a recap of our stream and more info on our announcements.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

TAKE THAT! If it pleases the court, we’re submitting a new trailer for The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles into evidence. Courtroom chaos and intense investigations collide with two amazing adventures in one collection coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam on July 29, 2021!

For all the latest on Ace Attorney, be sure to add the Ace Attorney Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to your own court record.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Your epic adventure in Monster Hunter Stories 2 is about to begin, with the game releasing on Nintendo Switch and Steam on July 9! To keep your hype levels charged up to max Kinship level, we had some exciting reveals for E3 2021: a “Trial Version” demo is on the way, coming to Nintendo Switch on June 25, and Steam on July 9! With the “Trial Version,” you can create your own Rider, start your journey, befriend and raise some Monsties, and eventually transfer all your progress to the full game at launch. Also, shortly after release, we’re bringing the Palamute, from Monster Hunter Rise, as a Monstie in Monster Hunter Stories 2. This free update will be available on July 15.

Catch all the details on these reveals here.

Monster Hunter Rise

We’ve got more Monster Hunter Rise content on the horizon too! In just a few days, on June 18, our first “Capcom Collab” Event Quest will go live. The reward for completing it will be materials to craft Layered Armor for your Palico based on the character Tsukino, from Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.

Also, keep an eye out for even more Event Quests and fun rewards starting with update “Version 3.1,” available June 25.

You can also find the latest on Event Quests and all things Monster Hunter on the official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!

Resident Evil Village

We’re happy to announce that additional DLC is on the way for Resident Evil Village, as confirmed during our E3 2021 livestream! We’ll have more details on it at a later date, so be sure to follow the Resident Evil Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest info.

This eighth main entry in the beloved Resident Evil franchise sees Ethan Winters awaken in a remote part of Europe after tragedy befalls his family once again. After surviving the madhouse that was the Baker estate, can Ethan endure the horrors that await him as he seeks answers and searches for his kidnapped daughter? For more info, be sure to check out our launch blog!

Resident Evil Village is available now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, and Stadia.

Street Fighter V Esports

We got the lowdown on Street Fighter V Esports from expert commentators Vicious and RobTV of the changes coming to Capcom Pro Tour 2021, including info on registration, prizing, and more! Think you’re the best in your region? Check out the Capcom Fighters website, Twitter, and Facebook for info on how to register for CPT 2021 and rule the ring! You can also catch all the action live on the Capcom Fighters Twitch channel or watch the matches on demand on the Capcom Fighters YouTube channel.

If team play is more your style, the next season of Street Fighter League is coming soon. Instead of one-on-one action, six teams of three compete in a battle tournament series leading to some amazing matches with teammates supporting, coaching, and hyping each other up. Stay tuned for more info on the next season of SFL! That’s everything we shared at this year’s E3 presentation, but be sure to stay locked in to the Capcom USA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest Capcom news!

E3 2021: Monster Hunter Stories 2 gets a new trailer, Trial Version and free update details

Jun 14, 2021
Jun 14
Yuri Araujo

The Capcom showcase at E3 2021 brought us exciting updates on our latest games selection (for the full debrief, check out the Capcom E3 recap blog) as well as much anticipated news on Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, including the announcement of our “Trial Version” demo and the first free title update! Keep on reading to get the full scoop:

New Trailer

If you’ve been keeping up with our trailers, you can piece together where some of the characters stand in the story… but we’ve still raised some key questions for you to uncover in the full game.

Ena tells us a bit more about Red (your character’s grandfather) and the legend of the “Wings of Ruin”, while everyone is getting more and more concerned about the strange appearance of the Rage-Rays everywhere. Meanwhile, Kyle, bringing in the perspective of a young Hunter, questions how someone could place their trust in a monster he thinks is only capable of destruction. Hopefully the bonds between Riders and monsters can help you overcome all the looming questions without answers for now…

You can catch up on all our Monster Hunter Stories 2 trailers, including this latest one, in our YouTube playlist:

Trial Version

Feeling ready to dive in and start your journey as a Rider? We’ve got good news on that front too: a “Trial Version” demo for Monster Hunter Stories 2 will be available for Nintendo Switch next week, on June 25th!

You’ll be able to create your character, get introduced to the world and story, befriend and raise some Monsties, and best of all, eventually transfer all your progress to the full game at launch.

The Trial Version will also be available on Steam on July 9th, alongside the release of the full game.


Monster Hunter Rise Crossovers

Coming up in just a few days, a new Event Quest will be dropping into Monster Hunter Rise as the first of our “Capcom Collab” series. Tsukino, from MH Stories 2, will be pouncing into action as a Layered Armor set for your own Palico on June 17th. Of course, you’ll have to clear a special Event Quest first, so gear up and take your best Palico with you.

The crossovers between MH Rise and MH Stories 2 don’t end there. Looking a little farther into the future, we also revealed the first free title update for MH Stories 2. The trusty Palamute that stole our hearts in MH Rise will join your party as a Monstie on July 15th! Naturally, you’ll be able to ride your Canyne companion to traverse vast fields in no time, and take it into battle with some flashy moves. Palamutes are now a Rider’s best friend too!

As a friendly reminder, if you have save data from both MH Rise and MH Stories 2, you’ll get some crossover goodies as well. In MH Rise, you’ll get Layered Armor fashioned after the “Rider” Armor from MH Stories 2. And in MH Stories 2, you’ll get the “Kamura Garb” Layered Armor from MH Rise.

Monster Hunter Rise is available now on Nintendo Switch, and just had a big update recently (Version 3.0), adding Crimson Glow Valstrax, Apex Zinogre and a new ending to the story! And Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will be available for Nintendo Switch and Steam on July 9th.

Keep your eyes on the Monster Hunter channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more news as we get closer to the MH Stories 2 launch!

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch!

Jun 01, 2021
Jun 01
Kellen Haney

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch! The valiant knight Arthur returns in this new addition to the Ghosts ‘n Goblins franchise, a legendary series of games known for challenging and rewarding gameplay. Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection comes complete with multiple difficulty modes for knights of all skill levels to enjoy, and a two-player local Co-Op mode for seasoned veterans and newly christened knights to play the game together.

Over 35 years ago, the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins made its debut in arcades, and few players knew what would await them when they dropped that first quarter or token into the machine. The game’s haunting music box melodies, vivid graphics, expressive animations, and incredibly challenging gameplay quickly cemented it in the minds of many as an instant classic. Anyone skilled enough to beat the game at their local arcade was worthy of praise, a living legend in their own right who could best the many fearsome foes, tricky traps, and devious deceptions that stood between them and their goal. Defeating the game once, however, revealed a shocking surprise: A message reading “This room is an illusion and is a trap devised by Satan. Go ahead dauntlessly! Make rapid progress!” To see the game’s true ending, you’d need to play through an even more difficult version of the game, typically called a second loop, to finally rescue the princess from the malevolent Demon Realm and claim your victory.

Staying true to those arcade roots while building on the series’ legacy, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection takes a page (or, perhaps, a scroll) from both the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins and its sequel, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. Seasoned knights will feel right at home among the dark forests and burning hamlets. Familiar weapons, like the Lance and Dagger, are joined by new armaments, including the Spiked Ball and Hammer, providing noble knights even more ways to fight their way through hordes of enemies on their quest to save the princess. With the whole game presented in a visual style reminiscent of paper puppets on a picture-book background, Resurrection provides a perfect mix of challenging old-school gameplay and unique modern visuals.

While Ghosts ‘n Goblins games are well-known for their challenging gameplay, multiple difficulty modes are available for players of all skill levels to enjoy Arthur’s adventure. Squire difficulty mode is the perfect choice for newcomers to Ghosts ‘n Goblins games, offering a more gentle experience that’s still plenty of fun. Instead of losing all his armor at once as he does in older games, Arthur can take three hits before losing his armor completely. If he takes one more hit with no armor, he’s down for the count! Fortunately, special checkpoints called Banners of Rebirth are also available in this mode, and each one provides an additional, optional points to restart from. The number of enemies are also reduced from higher difficulties, so you’ll have a bit more breathing room to discover each stage’s twists and turns as you venture into the Demon Realm.

Knight modeoffers an increased level of challenge for players who aren’t afraid to taste defeat as they reach for glory. The number of hits Arthur can take before losing his armor is reduced to two, and the number of enemies is increased to the standard amount, too. Optional Banners of Rebirth remain in this mode, allowing you to restart in between checkpoints if you so choose.

If you’re looking for the greatest challenge Resurrection has to offer, crank up the heat to Legend difficulty! On this difficulty mode, Arthur can only take one hit before he’s down to his boxers. One more after that, and he’s reduced to a pile of bones, same as in other classic Ghosts ‘n Goblins games. Banners of Rebirth are also removed on this difficulty, leaving only regular checkpoints in each level. You’ll need every ounce of your skill – and maybe a little luck – to see each stage through to the end. Hardcore GnG fans take heart – THIS is the Ghosts ‘n Goblins you remember!

For players looking for a casual experience, and those looking to introduce newly christened knights to what Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection has to offer, an additional Page mode gives Arthur a blessing of eternal life. If he falls in battle, he’ll be resurrected on the spot, able to jump back into his quest right where he left off. This is a great option for little knights who want to enjoy the game!

No matter what difficulty mode you choose, Arthur is anything but defenseless. Alongside an assortment of weapons and his trusty armor, Arthur will also have access to a variety of skills and magic that can turn the tables on his foes. As you explore each stage, you’ll come across what first appear to be little balls of rainbow light bouncing around. These are Umbral Bees, friendly little critters that you can collect and return to their home in the Umbral Tree. The Umbral Tree, as its name might suggest, is literally a skill tree. Returning Umbral Bees unlocks new and more powerful skills and magic that can be assigned to Arthur’s Magic Waistband.

Surrounded by Zombies? Cast Thunderstorm to call down lightning! Need to bowl over some Skeleton Murderers? Emboulden turns Arthur into an impervious rolling rock. There’s lots of magic to uncover, including turning enemies to stone, creating a doppelganger that copies your attacks, and a secret spell that’s sure to delight long-time fans. A variety of skills are also available, including the ability to increase the number of weapons that Arthur can hold at one time! Be sure to collect those Umbral Bees when you see them, as they’ll certainly be a huge help on your journey.

Offering a different gameplay experience from Arthur’s solo adventures, couch Co-Op is available for two players to enjoy the game together. Barry, Kerry, and Archie, the Three Wise Guys, can assist Arthur by creating a temporary barrier, carrying Arthur out of danger, or creating temporary bridges and platforms for Arthur to cross. It’s a great option for seasoned veterans and little knights to play together, and for family and friends who want to try a new, different way to play Ghosts ‘n Goblins.

If you want to see everything that the game has to offer, you’ll need to complete the game once on Squire, Knight, or Legend to unlock sinister new remixes of places you’ve been before. Calling back to the series’ tradition of playing through the game multiple times, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection introduces a new spin on that concept: Shadow Stages. Each stage you’ve previously completed has a remixed, shadowy version with different enemies, gimmicks, and hazards that create a new experience. No matter how familiar you are with the original stages, you’ll need to adjust your game plan if you hope to conquer each Shadow Stage – and completing each regular stage and Shadow Stage might open up a new path, too. Why not give it a try?

There’s lots more to discover on your own, too. Hidden treasure chests dot each stage, mysterious pits called Hell Holes filled with enemies and rewards can appear if the right conditions are met, and there are other secrets that await those who are up for the challenge. We hope you’re ready to challenge again… and again… and again… on Arthur’s latest adventure!

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch!

Capcom Arcade Stadium is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam

May 25, 2021
May 25
Kellen Haney

Rewind the tape back to the good old days of the arcade with Capcom Arcade Stadium, now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam! Previously only available on Nintendo Switch, players on additional platforms can enjoy quarter-eating classics like Ghosts ‘n Goblins, deep cuts like Progear and Giga Wing, and revolutionary games like Street Fighter II – The World Warrior – that sparked an arcade revolution back in the day. Start your collection with a free download of the classic 1943 – The Battle of Midway –, and make the arcade yourcade with additional game packs!

UPDATE (May 26th): the CAPCOM ID “A Brand New Day” giveaway campaign has now ended, as we just ran out of codes.

We’ve got a full list of games below, but aside from offering up classic arcade experiences, Capcom Arcade Stadium also has a ton of additional features! Save slots give you an easy way to pick up where you left off in between quick sessions, while the Rewind feature lets you to turn back the clock on critical mistakes. You can run the arcade your way by customizing the game speed or difficulty level of most games to your liking, and apply visual filters that call back to the heyday of arcade classics.

Plus, the unique CASPO Class system allows you to build up a collection of visual frames, 2D and 3D rendered arcade cabinet designs, and backgrounds, while Timed Challenge and Score Challenge modes will put your skills to the test against others on online leaderboards!

To celebrate the launch of Capcom Arcade Stadium, we’re also running a special giveaway of the collection’s theme song, “A Brand New Day”, for those who have a CAPCOM ID! This is only available until May 31st at 7:59 AM Pacific Time, so check out the official website for more details on how to grab your free track, as well as how to sign up for a free CAPCOM ID if you don’t have one already.

UPDATE (May 26th): the CAPCOM ID “A Brand New Day” giveaway campaign has now ended, as we just ran out of codes.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the games included in each of the game’s downloadable game packs:

 Free to Download
1943 – The Battle of Midway –
A sequel to Capcom’s classic top-down shooter, take to the skies and take down your enemies. Dodge bullets with aerial loops, and clear the screen with a Mega Crash!
1943 – The Battle of Midway – is included for free when you download Capcom Arcade Stadium.

Stand-alone Purchase
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
This is where the tough-as-nails platforming franchise began! The princess has been kidnapped by the Demon Lord, and it’s up to the valiant knight Arthur to survive deadly tricks and traps to save his beloved princess!
Note: Ghosts ‘n Goblins is also included as a special bonus when you buy Capcom Arcade Stadium Packs 1, 2, and 3.

Pack 1: Dawn of the Arcade (’84 – ’88)
Vulgus
Capcom’s very first arcade video game! Defend yourself from an enemy onslaught in this bright and colorful classic top-down shooter.

Pirate Ship Higemaru
In this swashbuckling mix of puzzle and action, guide Momotaru as he heaves barrels across the screen to defeat the evil pirates known as the Higemaru Corps!

1942
One of Capcom’s most iconic early arcade titles, take to the skies in a P-38 Lightning and perform daring acrobatics as you shoot down flying foes.

Commando
As a lone soldier armed with only a machine gun and a few grenades, fight your way into enemy territory to defeat the bad guys and save your allies!

Section Z
Fight your way through myriad sections on your way to section Z in this action-packed shooter, and stop the invading forces from Balangool! Unique for its time, the game switches between side-scrolling and vertical-scrolling segments.

Tatakai no Banka
An action-filled brawler where only one man with his mastery of martial arts can stand up to the spirits of demonic warlords that have taken over the world.

Legendary Wings
An alien supercomputer threatens to wipe out the last remnants of humanity. Ares has blessed two brave people with the Wings of Love and Courage to take flight and save the world in this classic top-down shooter that occasionally switches to side-scrolling dungeons.

Bionic Commando
A true classic! Known for its difficulty, shoot and swing through a variety of stages as a lone commando as he uses his unique grappling hook to stop the rise of a feared leader threatening to destroy the world.

Forgotten Worlds
An apocalyptic side-scrolling shooter that allows you to upgrade your character as you play. With human civilization nearly wiped out by the evil Lord Bios, two heroes rise to the occasion to destroy the invading force that threatens to make humanity extinct.

Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Three years after the events of Ghosts ‘n Goblins, the princess’ soul is stolen by the evil Lucifer. Arthur once again embarks on a quest to save the princess, this time with new abilities and magic armor that can unleash devastating spells.

Pack 2: Arcade Revolution (’89 – ’92)

Strider
As Hiryu, hack and slash your way through countless foes to take down the evil Grandmaster Meio in this challenging game that combines fun platforming with action-packed combat.

Dynasty Wars
At the very end of the Han Dynasty, four men band together to stand against the warlord Dong Zho in this action brawler that allows your characters to level up as you play.

Final Fight
When the Mad Gear gang make things personal by kidnapping Mayor Haggar’s daughter, it’s up to Haggar, Cody, and Guy to stage a rescue mission and clean up the mean streets of Metro City in this classic brawler.

1941 – Counter Attack –
Take to the skies once again (or is it for the first time?) in this top-down shooter. It’s a race against time to defeat imperial forces before they can unleash their new superweapon!

Senjo no Okami II
In this sequel to Commando, join the mercenaries of Wolf Force as they utilize various weapons and their Mega Crash Bombs to rescue a former president deep behind enemy lines!

Mega Twins
Fifteen years after the peaceful utopia of Alurea was destroyed by monsters, the twin sons of the king depart on an adventure to restore their homeland. Platforming combines with action combat and powerful magic to create a unique arcade experience.

Carrier Air Wing
Choose one of three fighter jets to take the fight to your enemies! Upgrade your fighter between stages to power up, but keep an eye on your fuel bar to ensure your mission doesn’t crash and burn.

Street Fighter II – The World Warrior –
The game that started an arcade revolution! One of the most well-known fighting games of all time, choose from one of the original eight world warriors and prove you’re the best of the best.

Captain Commando
Commandos, move out! Supporting up to four players, join the titular Captain Commando and his quirky team of heroes as they fight through waves of Super Criminals lead by Dr. Scumocide!

VARTH – Operation Thunderstorm –
Two brave pilots take flight to save humanity from the evil entity known as “DUO” (Dimension Unbody Offender). Outfit your aircraft with different weapons as well as pods that can augment your attack or block incoming bullets.

Pack 3: Arcade Evolution (’92 – ’01)

Warriors of Fate
The five heroes of the Three Kingdoms set forth once again in this sequel to Dynasty Wars! Pick up additional weapons along the way, or summon your war horse for extra mobility and unique attacks.

Street Fighter II’ – Hyper Fighting –
The eight original World Warriors return, joined by the four kings of Shadaloo – M. Bison, Vega, Balrog, and Sagat – to slug it out! Turbo mode also makes its debut in this revision, making fights that much more fast and frantic.

Super Street Fighter II Turbo
Doubling the original SFII cast by adding four newcomers – Cammy, T. Hawk, Fei Long, and Dee Jay – this version of the game added a new feature that would become a series mainstay: The super meter! Word at the arcade is that there’s another character you can play as if you input a certain code during character select…

Powered Gear – Strategic Variant Armor Equipment –
This mecha-themed brawler pulls out all the stops, putting players in control of massive robots and their comparatively miniscule pilots as they stomp across the battlefield. Utilize parts from downed enemies to customize your Variant Armor, and save the planet Raia!

Cyberbots – Fullmetal Madness –
Take your customized Variant Armor in to one-on-one battles in this fighting game based on Powered Gear – Strategic Variant Armor Equipment –! Each pilot has their own story to tell, while each Variant Armor has distinctive moves and abilities that make every fight unique.

19XX – The War Against Destiny –
Embroiled in a conflict with a mysterious enemy known only as Outer Limits, two pilots take flight on a perilous journey into enemy territory to put a stop to the endless cycle of combat.

Battle Circuit
Take command of one of five quirky bounty hunters in this colorful, non-stop parade of action and combat! Perform powerful tag-team attacks, boost your stats with special power-ups, and upgrade your character in between missions as you seek to undo the evil plans of a villainous mastermind.

Giga Wing
Take to the skies and use your unique abilities to reflect enemy bullets back in a battle over powerful artifacts known as Medallions. As one of four powerful pilots, each one carrying a stone with a mysterious power, experience a unique story for each character, or team up with another player to see new stories involving both characters!

1944 – The Loop Master –
With the world descending into chaos due to a massive war, take to the skies in a P-38 Lightning or A6M Zero to finally bring the long war to an end! Charge your attack to loop out of the way of enemy shots, or unleash a wave of missiles to destroy waves of enemies.

Progear
With no adults left, it’s up to a group of children to pilot warplanes into battle in order to protect what they love in this side-scrolling shooter. Contact with enemies or bullets will cause you to lose a life, so you’ll need to carefully maneuver through waves of enemy attacks in order to complete your mission!

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to kick back and relax with a couple of arcade games, so put your quarter up on the machine if you’ve got next.Capcom Arcade Stadium is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam!

Fear surrounds you in Resident Evil Village, available now

May 07, 2021
May 07
Kellen Haney

Resident Evil Village ushers in a new generation of survival horror on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, and Stadia! Step into the snow-covered shoes of Ethan Winters as he explores a chilly village and the surrounding area in search of his kidnapped daughter, taken from him by none other than Resident Evil mainstay Chris Redfield.

Horror as a form of entertainment has been around for as long as humans have been telling stories. There’s nothing quite like sitting around a campfire, telling tall tales about strange hitchhikers with hooks for hands, sirens that steal people away in the night, unseen and unsettling creatures that live in swamps and lakes, and strange dolls that always seem to have one broken eye that follows your every move. Of course, when all is said and done, we know these are just tales and legends we tell to scare one another for fun.

And yet… those stories often come from something primal within us. All it takes is a distant howl to send a shiver down our spine. In a flash, we feel the same fear as our ancestors as they huddled around a campfire for warmth, hoping light and fire would keep away the hungry maws and flashing eyes circling at the edge of the dark.

Because, after all, there’s always a tiny bit of truth to every myth.

As you step into the world of Resident Evil Village, you’ll step into a world of survival horror unlike any other. Blinding, silvery snow gives way to the remnants of a small village nestled among the mountains, while the towering Castle Dimitrescu looms large in the distance. Strange talismans dot the landscape, suggesting that not is all as it might seem at first glance. While Resident Evil 7 biohazard focused on the cramped and claustrophobic rooms and hallways of the Baker family estate, Resident Evil Village provides a variety of places to explore, including a snow-capped village and a gothic castle. No matter where you are, though, you’ll have to keep your wits about you, as strange creatures can attack from any direction.

Anything but defenseless, Ethan will be able to protect himself with a variety of weapons. Careful management of ammo and resources is key, though Ethan is the resourceful type. Found throughout the environment and occasionally from fallen enemies, crafting components like green herbs, chem fluid, scrap metal, and more can be used to make essential items including First Aid Meds and ammunition. You’ll be able to choose what to make, but careful management of your crafting components is just as crucial as managing your items.

Fortunately, if your firepower is a little lacking or you find yourself in desperate need of a First Aid Med, a jolly and rather rotund merchant, simply known as the Duke, is always willing to open the doors of his shop… as long as you’re willing to open your coin purse. Aside from selling useful items, ammunition, and crafting recipes for a fee, the Duke can tune up your weapons to improve firepower, rate of fire, ammo capacity, and more. You’ll need to spend your coin to do so, but surely you can’t put a price on life, can you? (Well, maybe the Duke can.) You can always sell excess items, ammunition, and even weapons, while the Duke will also buy various treasures found throughout the environment and on defeated enemies for… shall we say, a fair price.

You may (or may not) be surprised to learn that the Duke is also a bit of a gourmet, and will even cook up some delicious meals for you free of charge! This is the Duke, however, so you’ll need to supply your own meat, poultry, and fish – nothing in life is free, after all. Bring these ingredients back to the jovial trader, and he’ll provide you with hearty dishes that can permanently improve your stats! You’ll need every boost you can get if you want to survive the harsh trials that await.

The remote village and the haunting Dimitrescu Castle are just two of the areas you’ll explore, each with their own deadly foes to deal with. We don’t want to spoil the rest of the fun – and the frights – for you, but rest assured that there are far more terrifying creatures that await those brave enough to fight their way through the lycan hordes as Ethan Winters searches for his missing daughter.

Of course, we also have a thrilling bonus mode returning in Resident Evil Village, as well. The Mercenaries makes a comeback, bringing with it high-octane action in a race against the clock to complete stages based on the main story and go for a high score! Unlike previous versions of The Mercenaries, you’ll be able to gain skills as you move through each stage. These skills stick with you until the end of your current attempt, so use them to your advantage as you seek out the elusive highest ranks in this mode that you can play over and over again. You’ll need to complete the main campaign to unlock The Mercenaries, so be sure to use your survival instincts to make it to the end of the story.

Don’t forget, your purchase of Resident Evil Village will also entitle you to download Resident Evil Re:Verse, a competitive online multiplayer game featuring fan-favorite Resident Evil characters, once it’s available in Summer 2021. It’s finally time to step into the village and join Ethan on his search for answers. Fear surrounds you with Resident Evil Village, available now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC Steam, and Stadia!

Details emerge for Monster Hunter Stories 2 and Monster Hunter Rise Update Ver. 2.0

Apr 27, 2021
Apr 27
Yuri Araujo

Hunters and Riders, get ready! The Monster Hunter Digital Event – April 2021 just wrapped up and brought us hefty news drops, which debuted gameplay info for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (coming July 9) and broke down the plethora of content in Monster Hunter Rise Update Ver. 2.0 (coming later tonight!)

Before we get started with today’s news, we’d love to hear your thoughts so far on Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2 and the Digital Event. So if you care to share your opinion, please fill out this brief survey; it should only take a few minutes to complete and we really appreciate your feedback.

Monster Hunter Survey – April 2021

If you’ve already watched the full Digital Event – April 2021, you’re actually caught up on today’s news. But if you haven’t watched it yet and want to do so, here it is:

Now onto the news!

Unraveling Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

The latest trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2 continues to unravel some story details, and welcomes returning characters Lilia and Reverto. It also featured a surprising number of Hunters that you’ll encounter in your journey. Who are they? What is their motivation for pursuing Razewing Ratha? Will they be an aid or an obstacle in uncovering Ratha’s secret? So many questions… and we hope you’re ready to seek out the answers on July 9.

We’ve also debuted gameplay details for Monster Hunter Stories 2, giving you a glimpse of how we’ve improved upon the turn-based combat mechanics of the first game. In addition to the three attack types (Power, Speed, and Technical), you can also target specific monster parts to get part breaks that can prevent enemy attacks and add even more depth and strategy to battles. The big new addition, however, is the Battle Buddy system, which allows you to bring a buddy (and their Monstie, if they have one) to battle alongside you. This will open up new combos and opportunities for you to explore as you take on some of the tougher challenges in the game.


The hunt continues in Monster Hunter Rise Update Ver. 2.0

Speaking of tough challenges, I hope you’re ready for the arrival of the classic Elder Dragon trifecta and new Apex Monsters in Monster Hunter Rise! These additional monsters (along with a number of features) are coming in hot as the update will be available later tonight (April 27th after 5:00pm PDT / April 28th after 1:00 BST). Here’s the breakdown of what’s included:

Starting with the aforementioned monsters, Chameleos, the stealthy and poisonous Elder Dragon makes its surprise return after a long hiatus in the series. We know you’re very curious to see how the Ancient Phantom has adapted to the new game systems… and we’re just as eager to see your reactions to it!

Teostra and Kushala Daora are also returning, rounding out the Elder Dragon trio. New hunting tools have come into play since we last saw these monsters, so be sure to try out new tactics… and be ready for anything.

Let’s talk Apex Monsters now. Since launch, we’ve only encountered Apex Arzuros, Apex Rathian and Apex Mizutsune as part of the Rampage. However, our Kamura scouts have started to spot them in the wild, and we need you to take care of these major threats. This time you won’t have the help of Hunting Installations, so bring your best gear and work together as team to take them down!

Meanwhile, Apex Rathalos and Apex Diablos are storming the Stronghold as tougher Rampage Quests are added to the mix. To those brave enough to face these foes: good luck!


Fashion Hunting Begins!

We know you’ve been dying to customize your looks without having to compromise on stats and armor skills, so we’re happy to be adding the option to craft Layered Armor in Monster Hunter Rise! After downloading Version 2.0 and unlocking your Hunter Rank Cap, you’ll be able to earn Outfit Vouchers, that can be used to craft a Layered Armor version of any of the armor sets in the game!

Also, we’ll be adding new downloadable Event Quests for you to take on. Each quest can be accessed either online or offline after being downloaded, and will provide a unique twist to the quest itself and/or rewards. And… watch out: some of the rewards will be Layered Armor, so stay tuned for those!


To wrap things up for today, we wanted to narrow down the window for our upcoming Monster Hunter Rise Update Version 3.0, now slated for launch by end of May 2021! This next update will bring in new challenges as well as an additional ending to the Monster Hunter Rise story arc. More info on that coming at a later date, so keep your eyes on our Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

Capcom Arcade Stadium and Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam With Early Purchase Bonuses

Apr 26, 2021
Apr 26
Kellen Haney

With Capcom Arcade Stadium releasing on Nintendo Switch earlier this year, we aimed to re-create an authentic arcade experience that kicked it back to the golden days of arcades. Meanwhile, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection provided a challenging, but rewarding game based on that old-school charm. Now, we’re throwing the doors of the arcade wide open so that even more people can get in on the fun! Capcom Arcade Stadium is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on May 25th, with Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on June 1st. We’ve got additional info on pre-order and early purchase bonuses for both games, and an update on how Capcom Arcade Stadium will be expanding beyond its current selection of 32 arcade classics.

First up, let’s cover what additional goodies you get from pre-ordering. Trust me, it’s better than a plastic spider ring and some possibly expired candy that you got for trading tickets from that redemption game that’s just a light spinning in a circle. You know the one.

Capcom Arcade Stadium
Pre-ordering or purchasing Capcom Arcade Stadium on Xbox One or Steam through June 8will get you “Display Frames Set 1” for free, providing game-specific frames to add a little extra flair to your kit. Steam purchases will also net you “Logo Wallpapers” for your PC . PlayStation 4 purchases aren’t left out, though – buying CAS between May 25th and June 8th will get you the “Display Frame Set 1” as well as a “Logo Theme” for your PS4.

One more piece of news for players on Steam: a “Mini-Album” featuring Capcom Arcade Stadium’s theme songs, “A Brand New Day” and “Teenage Blues”, will also be releasing on May 25th. This ten-track album can be purchased on its own for $9.99, or you can buy it in a bundle with Capcom Arcade Stadium and the three additional game packs for a total of $47.99.

 Last but not least, if you already have Capcom Arcade Stadium on Nintendo Switch, the Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on DLC is available for 50% off now through May 15th.

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection
If you’re itching to dive into the Demon Realm, pre-ordering Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will allow you to experience the title via Early Access, 24 hours before its official release on June 1, 2021. Pre-ordering on PlayStation 4 will also get you two unique themes to deck out your Home Screen: “Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection Special Theme 1” & “Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection Special Theme 2.” Steam pre-orders will receive special desktop PC wallpapers as well as a mini-soundtrack featuring music from the game.

More Games, More Fun
Finally, we’re proud to confirm that additional games are on the way to Capcom Arcade Stadium! We’ll have additional information in the future, but for now, share your own arcade memories with #CapcomArcadeStadium on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and tell us about your favorite moments and Capcom games from the arcade heyday!

That’s all for now, but don’t forget, Capcom Arcade Stadium is available now for Nintendo Switch, and is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on May 25th! Check out the official website for more information.

Plus, the legendary Arthur returns in Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection, also available now for Nintendo Switch and coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on June 1st!

KURAE! The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles summons you to court on July 27th!

Apr 21, 2021
Apr 21
Kellen Haney

This is a moment that oh-so-many of you have been waiting for. (It takes seafaring vessels a while to get across the sea, you know.) The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles brings together two amazing games previously only released in Japan: The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. Join Phoenix’s Wright’s ancestor, Ryunosuke Naruhodo, as he takes his first incredibly nervous steps into a courtroom in Meiji era Japan to defend his very first client: himself! Soon after, it may seem like you’ll be saying yoi tabi o to Ryunosuke as he leaves Nippon, but you’ll be joining him on his journey as he embarks on adventures that will take him overseas to England’s courts and back again.

Ten novel adventures await you, taking place about a century before the events of the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. As Ryunosuke travels from his home in Japan to foreign soil in Europe, he’ll make his case in court and defend the innocence of his clients. A different region – and a different time period – means a brand new cast of weird and wonderful people that will stand with, and against, Ryunosuke on his many escapades as well. Seems like being a magnet for peculiar characters runs in the family.

For example, there’s Kazuma Asogi, an assertive and dashing student who serves as Ryunosuke’s mentor in his first court case. Joining Ryunosuke on his travels is the well-read legal aide in training, Susato Mikotoba, who’s always willing to lend a hand and a bit of advice to Ryunosuke as he makes his case in court and investigates crime scenes. And of course, you’ll also find assistance from the incredible ace detective…

… Herlock Sholmes! This energetic detective is one of the best in his field, if not a bit, shall we say, over-eager to deduce the true nature of crime scenes and evidence placed before him. His eye for detail can’t be ignored despite his outlandish personality, but it’ll be up to you (and Ryunosuke) to make sense of his wild deductions. Not to be outdone, however, child prodigy and young author Iris Wilson is always willing to lend her expertise to any scenario.

Ryunosuke will meet friends and foes alike on his journey, including dodgy witnesses, enigmatic adversaries, and of course, ruthless rival prosecutors that will stand in his way. There’s the oddly familiar face of Taketsuchi Auchi – a distant relative of the Payne family, perhaps? – and the cold, calculating van Zieks, a prosecutor whose silver hair, steely eyes, and very presence in the courtroom seems to summon the specter of death.

While the faces, the places, and the era may be different, some things never change. You’ll still need to gather evidence at crime scenes and defend your client in court if you want to prove their innocence, and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles offers classic gameplay with plenty of new improvements on both fronts!

How will you discover the truth behind each case, you ask? When you’re not busy with courtroom drama, you’ll be exploring crime scenes to gather evidence that might be useful in court. Beautifully rendered environments are packed full of small details that are fun to explore as you hunt for evidence, while colorful dialogue can spark conversations about even the most mundane of objects, like a simple ladder. (Or is it a step-ladder?) Investigating specific pieces of evidence in 3D allows you to take an even closer look, and discover details that might be missed otherwise. As you grill witnesses on the scene for information and gather up clues, you’ll also team up with the remarkable Herlock Sholmes in a “Dance of Deduction” to discover new insights and facts.

Haven’t brushed up on your Japanese lately? That’s all right, we’ve got you covered, no travel guide or phrase book needed. Japanese text and script on evidence has been kept intact, and hovering over key parts of items will provide helpful English subtitles. Be sure to examine every piece of evidence for information, context, and additional clues – or even just some fun banter. Once you’ve gathered up all the evidence and testimony you can with the support of Susato, Herlock, and others, you’ll be ready to step into court to defend your client!

Courtroom gameplay itself has been revamped, keeping the classic drama and back-and-forth action that you expect from the Ace Attorney games. With a new location comes a new twist, however. While cases in Japan typically have the Defense and Prosecution argue in front of a judge, the English court system does things a bit differently by introducing a jury. Far from being passive observers, members of the jury will raise their own objections and come to their own conclusions. In fact, you won’t just be presenting evidence and making your case to the Judge. “Summation Examination”will have you persuade the jury by pointing out conflicting statements and presenting evidence to counter their claims. It’ll be an uphill battle against both the prosecution and the jury, but turning things around when they seems like they’re at their worst is what being an ace attorney is all about, isn’t it?

And hey, I get it – courtroom battles are intense, and trying to find all the evidence at a crime scene can wear out even the best attorneys. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles introduces a brand new feature to the franchise for fans and newcomers who want to enjoy a more stress-free experience: Story Mode! Just as it says on the tin, this mode allows you to kick back and enjoy the story while the game effectively plays itself. No need to dig for evidence at crime scenes or find just the right piece of evidence in court; you can enjoy the game as if it were a visual novel or even a TV show. This mode is purely optional and can be toggled on or off whenever you wish during gameplay.

Beyond that, the collection includes a grand number of additional features. Take a stroll through a gallery of art and illustrations, complete with commentary from the art director, and watch moving pictures (i.e. fully animated videos) from the story. Echoing Ryunosuke’s pond-hopping adventures, you can freely switch between English and Japanese audio, as well. I trust you won’t be saying “IGIARI” – er, I mean, OBJECTION to that, and that’s not the last of it, either! Eight additional ”Escapades” (mini-episodes separate from the main story), two “Special Trial” videos, thirteen video clips from “Ryunosuke Naruhodo’s Seven Days of Sin”, and three alternate, optional costumes for The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve are all packed in for the ultimate The Great Ace Attorney experience.

From Ryunosuke to Phoenix, being an ace attorney really does run in the family. We can’t wait to show you more of what this collection including The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve has to offer. You won’t have to wait long to take those first steps behind the defense’s bench, as The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles takes you to court on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam on July 27th!

Rose makes her grand entrance into Street Fighter V

Apr 19, 2021
Apr 19
Dan

The future is now! Rose, the Soul Powered Savant, has made her destined return to Street Fighter V with a plethora of new moves, a revamped stage, and a handful of awesome costumes. With her tarot cards in hand, Rose is a character that can enfeeble her opponents or power herself up in various ways.  

Rose originally joined the cast in Street Fighter Alpha and stood out as an Italian fortune teller embued with Soul Power. She actually shares some of the soul of the evil dictator M. Bison but has vowed to rid the world of his evil. Last time we saw Rose in Street Fighter IV, she had been gravely injured by M. Bison, but was somehow saved by Guy. Since then, her whereabouts were largely unknown, but we know at some point she became Menat’s master, teaching her the ways of Soul Power with moves such as “Soul Spiral” and “Soul Reflect.”

Rose is now back and stronger than ever, bringing with her some new moves in addition to her old specialties, allowing for completely different offensive or defensive playstyles. Let’s peer into the crystal ball and see what Rose has in store for us in SFV. Check out her trailer below:

With Rose’s redesign comes a revamped battle theme! Oursound team worked hard on maintaining Rose’s elegance while also upping the tempo to bring more excitement to her track. Dance to her new upbeat theme:

Rose has got new moves with some revamped classics

Rose brings with her a plethora of news moves, including her new anti-air move “Soul Bind,” and her new zoning tool “Soul Punish.” Some of her existing moves got some tweaks too, such as her “Soul Spark,” which can now be executed mid air, and the EX version of the “Soul Spiral,” which is now projectile invincible! For a full rundown of her special moves, V-System mechanics, and some behind-the-scenes look at her new costumes and design, check out the PlayStation Blog on Rose.

When facing off against Rose, be sure to pay attention to the color of Rose’s scarf when she uses special moves. You may have noticed that her scarf will glow different colors. Each color represent a different attack strength. It’s a nice little touch our development team added to give Rose a bit more flair.

  • Purple = Light attack
  • Blue = Medium attack
  • Green = Heavy attack
Purple – Light Soul Spark
Blue – Medium Air Soul Spark
Green – Heavy Soul Spiral

Another topic we covered in the PlayStation Blog is Rose’s dynamic victory screen.” On her way out, she tosses a tarot card that flies towards the screen; there are 23 total cards, each featuring a different character from the Street Fighter universe!

Akuma – The Devil
Sakura – The Sun
Balrog – The Tower
Rolento – The Hanged Man

Rose is available now in SFV as part of the Season 5 Premium Pass and Character Pass, in-store for $5.99, or in-game for 100,000 Fight Money. To give you a better idea of how she plays in SFV, we have some Rose vs. Rose gameplay footage. Check it out:

New Stage: Marina of Fortune

Also returning from Street Fighter Alpha 2 is the Marina of Fortune stage. This stage has been completely updated for SFV along with a brand new and exciting battle theme. Combining an orchestral sound with modern EDM style beats, Marina of Fortune is bound to hype up any match! Check out the theme below:

This stage is available now in-store for $3.99, in-game for 70,000 Fight Money, or as part of the SFV Season 5 Premium Pass.

Speaking of the Premium Pass, remember that it includes Rose and the Marina of Fortune stage, as well as immediate access to Dan and Bonus Content “Eleven.” It also includes access to Oro, Akira, and a fifth mystery character, as they become available at a later date!

Also included with the Season 5 Premium Pass are the Professional style costumes for Vega, Seth, and Juri!

These costumes are available now as part of the Season 5 Premium Pass or can be purchased in-store individually for $3.99 each.

Enter the fighting ring at a discount!

SFV is currently on sale for up to 60% off on PlayStation and Steam!

Get the following at a discount:

Street Fighter V: (PlayStation 4 | PC Steam)

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition (PlayStation 4

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Upgrade Kit (PlayStation 4

Free Trial

To help celebrate Rose’s release, we are offering a Free Trial for Street Fighter V on PS4! Now through April 28, get your hands on all characters from Seasons 1-4!

We want to thank you all for supporting SFV over the past 5 years and we hope you enjoy Rose and the new Marina of Fortune stage. Also stay tuned for more info on Oro, Akira, and a mysterious fifth character to be revealed at a later date.